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Tuesday, September 23 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
(CE) The New Importance of Student Health Insurance

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With the expansion of Medicaid and high deductible health plans students are unaware of the potential risk of out-of-pocket expenses should they encounter a claim. Limited provider networks may also pose a risk to students and could prevent them from continuing their education should they experience a medical situation. These health insurance trends affect employer-sponsored group, individual and government-run marketplace plans. School-sponsored student health insurance plans are affordable due to special rating rules and designed to promote access to care by incorporating minimal cost-sharing requirements, strong nationwide PPO networks, and coordination with student health centers. In addition, student health plans provide worldwide medical benefits and travel assistance services. Domestic students who only have access to out of state Medicaid, high deductible health plans, or an out of area HMO or EPO may need an affordable, comprehensive health insurance option. It is the consensus on many campuses that international students should have comprehensive health insurance that exceeds the Affordable Care Act requirements, if they are attending for longer than a semester. Without a school-sponsored student health insurance plan some students may have a difficult time navigating our healthcare system. It is now more important than ever to educate students on health insurance and make sure they are aware of the plans they are purchasing or currently insured under.
Learning Objectives:
 Understand the following:
 Issues students/schools are facing due to the shift in health
insurance programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
 The effect of Medicaid expansion
 The federal and state insurance marketplaces and the
subsidies available through the marketplaces
 What groups on campus are most likely affected by the ACA
 Insurance company underwriting, medical trend, retention,
and ACA taxes


James Breeding

Director of Risk Management and Insurance, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
James Breeding has been the director of risk management and insurance at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey for over 28 years. He is a member of the university's International Crisis Risk Assessment Team, Work Place Violence Risk Assessment Team, Life Health Safety Committee, and the Internal Review Board. In addition, he served on the executive committee of Genesis Limited, an association captive insurance company owned by 16 major... Read More →

William Devine

President, University Health Plans, Inc.
Mr. Devine established University Health Plans in January of 1991. He was an assistant vice president for Sedgewick James prior to establishing University Health Plans. Responsibilities included the management and sales of student health insurance programs on a national basis. Previous to Sedgewick James, Mr. Devine was responsible for development, sales, and management of student health insurance plans for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of... Read More →

Melinda Ward

Associate Risk and Compliance Officer, Rochester Institute of Technology
Melinda Ward is the associate risk & compliance officer at Rochester Institute of Technology. She has served in this position since 2011, previously serving as the director of risk management & insurance beginning in 2008. Melinda's current duties include assisting with the oversight of the university’s risk and compliance programs and providing strategic leadership to the environmental health and safety department. She is responsible for the... Read More →

Tuesday September 23, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Bluegrass 1 & 2